April - 2014 - issue > View Point

The Scalability and Accessibility of Wireless Networks - A Catch up Play

Giri Iyer
VP-Customer Support-Ruckus Wireless
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Giri Iyer
Ruckus Wireless (NYSE:RKUS) is a supplier of advanced wireless systems for the mobile Internetworking market. Headquartered at Sunnyvale, the company has a market cap of $1.12 Billion.

Today, the industry is going through exciting times with the introduction of novel technologies. The advent of new standards in the wireless market like the 802.11, which is the current standard, has transcended from its base standard increasing the entire capacity, performance and speed which is veritable with the proliferation of more and more devices. It has also taken care of the needs of the wireless network, the capacity, the performance.

The versions of the standard 802.11, namely 802.11a and 802.11c are emerging new technologies which are going to be rolled out shortly by access point providers. The greater anticipation, though, comes through improvement in speed and the capacity scaling almost three times on maximum theoretical range between 415 megabits per second and 1.3 gigabits per second ranges. Further, we have a huge performance rise of the wireless network which brings in an exciting transition in the industry both on client side and as well as the provider.

With a number of cloud based solutions sprouting out, many of cloud based technologies are being taken from traditional hosted environment and put on cloud, and wireless is no different in that regard. More and more gates have started operation for the WiFi management through cloud and services. The Solution providers, small or medium size enterprises that may not have the IT capacity or the talent to be able to administer and capacitate a fairly sophisticated WiFi technology to the enterprise, use simplistic tools by leveraging cloud that would allow them to manage these wireless networks. Since the proliferation of more devices, the ability of the carriers of the enterprise of the network has seen a jugular growth to level up and satisfy the needs of the mobile devices. There will be more proliferation of the BYOD type of devices in 2014.

The Challenges

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